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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0054
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill on 22 May 2018.
Sources of Statistics: Constituency Statistics
Published Friday, May 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04191
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on constituency level statistics.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Household incomes by region
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8191
This short briefing paper provides statistics on average household income by country and region of the UK.
Opposition Day Debate on Social care
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0104
On 25 April 2018, there will be an Opposition Day Debate on Social Care in the Commons chamber.
Help with energy bills
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06163
This Commons Library Briefing paper sets out sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Cost of the Dieter Helm Energy Review
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0101
This pack has been produced ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24 April 2018 from 2.30-4pm. The debate will be opened by Graham Stringer MP.
The Pupil Premium
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06700
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of policy on the Pupil Premium since its introduction in 2011, including funding levels, eligibility criteria, and accountability.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, April 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02613
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page.
Income inequality in the UK
Published Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
International Women’s Day: Steps Being Taken to Press for Gender Equality Globally
Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0027
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been produced for the debate taking place in the House of Lords on 8 March 2018, to mark International Women’s Day, on “the steps being taken to press for progress on gender equality globally”. It provides an overview of the global situation regarding gender equality, the UK’s position, and actions taken by the UK Government to promote gender equality overseas and domestically.
Child poverty in London
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0040
A Westminster Hall debate on Child Poverty in London is scheduled for Thursday 22 February at 3.00pm. The Member leading the debate is Siobhain McDonagh MP.
Fuel Poverty Statistics in England - Lookup tool
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8226
An Excel tool allowing Fuel Poverty Statistics for Constituencies, Local Authorities and Regions in England to be automatically retrieved, and presented.

Topics: Energy, Fuel poverty

Food poverty in Merseyside
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0008
A Westminster Hall debate on Food poverty in Merseyside is scheduled for Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Stephen Twigg MP.
Social mobility in Wales
Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0261
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Social Mobility in Wales, to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 19 December at 2.30PM. This debate will be led by Chris Elmore MP.
Intergenerational Fairness and Government Policy
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0072
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on intergenerational fairness and government policy ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 26 October 2017.
Energy bills and proposals for reform
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8081
During her speech to the Conservative party conference on 4 October 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would publish a Draft Bill to put a price cap on energy bills. There has been a mixed response to this announcement. Energy UK, the industry trade body, said the cap could interfere with competition and instead advocated energy efficiency measures. Whereas, Citizens advice welcomed the plans as a potential “solution to runaway energy costs.”

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